Carthage falls to undefeated Francis Howell in state semifinals

CARTHAGE, Mo. – (WATCH) Carthage falls to Francis Howell 35-13 Saturday afternoon in the Missouri Class 5 state semifinals.

“They are a very talented group over there. There’s really not a weakness that we could exploit today,” says Carthage head coach Jon Guidie, “If we felt like we had one, they closed that pretty quickly. They forced us to do some other things, rather than line up and run the football like we’re used to. We made some mistakes and turned the ball over way too much.”

The Tigers found themselves in a 21-0 hole early in the second quarter, before scoring their first touchdown of the game.

It felt like the momentum was starting to turn for Carthage – but the Vikings never let them back in the game.

“I think maybe our first three or four possessions ended three-and-out. We just needed to pick up a couple first downs and get these guys some confidence. We were able to do that. Once that happened, we got to rolling a little bit,” Guidie adds, “Give a lot of credit to Francis Howell. They’re very talented and they certainly have a great chance to win it all.”

Carthage finishes the season with an 11-2 overall record.

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